It’s been a pretty hot summer here in Chicago but still great weather to get outside for some healthful exercise. No matter what activity you choose – running, walking, hiking, climbing or in-line skating – remember to always wear well-fitting footwear that is appropriate to each sport.
Even with shoes and boots that fit you perfectly, you may get blisters on your feet. These common problems are pockets of fluid that form on the upper skin layer or epidermis. The fluid in the blister is usually clear but can also look yellowish if there is an infection or pink if there is any blood inside.
Blisters are most often caused by excessive rubbing or friction on the foot when shoes don’t fit properly. New shoes that are too stiff can create blisters. When shoes are too big, they can slip at the heel and create more friction. Blisters can also result from foot sweating and some fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
Treating Blisters at Home
Most blisters can be cared for at home if they are not infected. If, however, you observe signs of infection like warmth, redness or pus, please contact Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM for professional treatment.
Don’t try to pop or drain a blister. Leave it alone and let it pop on its own to allow it to heal. If the blister is very painful or sensitive, here are some home care steps:
- First, wash your hands and feet with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
- Use a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol to clean the surface; rub it all over to prevent infection.
- Use rubbing alcohol to sterilize a needle.
- Use the needle to make a small hole at the edge of the blister.
- Let any fluid drain out but leave the flap of skin.
- Clean the area with hydrogen peroxide.
- Smooth on antibiotic ointment.
- Cover with a dry, sterile bandage.
- Always keep your feet dry with dry socks and shoes.
- Use foot powder in damp conditions and wear acrylic socks that help to wick away moisture.
- Select well-fitting shoes made of materials that allow your feet to breathe. The heels should not slip while moving.
- If you notice friction, you can apply an adhesive bandage or tape to prevent a blister from forming.
If you have diabetes, always inspect your feet carefully for any injury including blisters Seek a doctor’s care for any type of foot injury.
We Can Help Relieve the Pain of Blisters
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with foot injuries and skin conditions of all kinds, including blisters. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Don’t suffer from recurring blisters or those that don’t heal – come see us for complete relief and healing!